Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens © T.Sasaki

Garden that replicates famous places in China and Japan

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is a metropolitan garden located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. It was founded in the early Edo Era and was owned by the Mito Tokugawa family, one of the big three families having the power to succeed the role of the Tokugawa Shogunate. This "Kaiyu-shiki tsukiyama sensui garden" features tsukiyama (artificial hills), birds, rivers, rice fields, and a pond, making it a perfect place for a stroll. This garden also attempts to replicate the picturesque scenery of such places as Rozan in China and Oigawa River in Kyoto. In particular, "Daisensui" is the highlight of this garden and represents Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. It is said that the Mito Tokugawa family went onto a boat in this pond.There are monthly events that should be taken note of such as the Ume Festival (Ume is a Japanese plum) in February, rice planting in rice fields in May, and harvesting the rice in September. Visitors can see the maple trees and maidenhair trees that are beautifully tinted red and yellow in autumn. The view from Oigawa River is superb. The best time to see it is from the end of November to the beginning of December. Koisikawa Korakuen Garden is closed from the 29th of December until the first of January. On Greenery Day (Japanese National Holiday; 4th of May) and Tomin Day (holiday for Tokyo citizens; 1st of October), the garden is free to enter.


Train: The nearest station is Iidabashi Station on the JR Sobu Line, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Yuraku-cho Line, Namboku Line, and Toei Oedo Line. Car: Exit off at Iidabashi IC on the Shuto Expressway (Metropolitan Expressway) Ikebukuro Route 5. Parking: Not available on site.

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Description: Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

Sights Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens (小石川後楽園)
Address 1 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Phone / Fax Phone: 03-3811-3015
Duration 1Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00
Admission Fee Pay admission: 300yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+)

Map: Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens